Exploring a bit of Shinjuku

Day 4
April 26, 2016

After our Sanrio Puroland day trip. Link here

As soon as we left Sanrio Puroland, we immediately looked for the nearest place where we could have lunch. We didn’t want to eat inside the theme park because it was way more expensive. And besides, we were almost done exploring the place when we felt hungry.

As part of our itinerary, we went from Tama to Shinjuku. These places were both located in Tokyo, anyway. We first went to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. We went there specifically for their observation deck with a view of Tokyo, of course, and not to mention that it was free of charge. Yes, it’s FREE! You got it right. 😉

Since I used my camera the whole time at Sanrio Puroland, by the time we arrived in Shinjuku, my camera’s battery was almost dying. I used my phone instead to take some of the photos. So as you may have noticed, the quality of the photos isn’t consistent.

The observation deck was located on the 45th floor of the Main Building 1. As soon as you get there, there will be some authorized persons who will guide you and take you to that floor.

As per the Tokyo Metro website, here’s the schedule of the North and South observation decks:

South Observation Deck: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(until 10:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month)

North Observation Deck: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Schedule of the days when they are most likely be closed:

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (South Observation Deck)

2nd and 4th Monday of each month (North Observation Deck)

If there is a national holiday on one of those days, the observation deck will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.

After that, we started heading to Artnia Square Enix. My siblings were really interested in this place since they were big fans of Square Enix’s games such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts while I was just curious to see what they got.

As per Artnia Square Enix’s website, here’s their location and schedule:
Link here.

1F Shinjuku Eastside Square 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

1:00 – 22:00 (last food order: 21:00;last drink order: 21:30)

This is what it looks like from the outside. Pretty cool, huh? It may look small but as soon as you get inside you’ll be surprised how spacious the place is. Aside from their sort of exhibit room, they also have a cafe and of course, a place to buy some gifts or souvenirs. I didn’t take many photos but here’s a glimpse of their exhibit, or so-called ‘luxury’ area. 

Very fancy, right? ♥

Across the street, there’s a convenience store, so I’ve decided to get something while waiting for my siblings who are pretty much enjoying their time inside.

Have you tried visiting an observation deck?
Where? And how was the experience?

Let me know your thoughts down the comments below. 🙂